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Ms. Marvel’s bangle may be the MCU’s answer to the Quantum Bands

While Kamala Khan’s powers have been significantly reworked for the MCU, the latest installment of Disney Plus’ Mrs. Marvel series could set up a reveal that links its hero and her abilities to the original Captain Marvel of Marvel’s comic books.

Kamala initially doesn’t think much about the vintage bracelet she receives in a gift package from her grandmother Sana (Samina Ahmad) in Mrs. Marvel‘s first episode. But when she actually puts it on, she immediately realizes that there’s a lot more to the heirloom than meets the eye. In addition to transporting Kamala (at least mentally) to another plane bathed in neon light, the bracelet unlocks her power to generate glowing contraptions made of an unidentified energy that comes from within.

In the short time since Kamala got her hands on the bracelet, she’s been mostly focused on figuring out what to do with it and why her seemingly average grandmother would send her such a strange—and perhaps otherworldly—objection that no one in their family has ever before. has named. Because Kamala is busy with her brother Aamir (Saagar Shaikh) wedding in Mrs. Marvelin the third and newest episode, ‘Destined’, she doesn’t really find answers to… all of her questions. But “Destined” does capture some interesting details about the Khan family history that are very similar to Mrs. Marvel‘s way of linking Kamala’s fate to the legacy of the comic book heroes whose cloak she wears.

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Kamala creates a construction of hard light.
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Before putting the focus on Kamala’s life, “Destined” first opens at a pivotal moment in 1942, when her great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and a group of fellow explorers finally found the bracelet in a temple somewhere in the British-occupied United States. area found. india. It has not been revealed how the bracelet got there, but what Aisha, her companion Najma (Nimra Bucha), and everyone else present could clearly see was that the corpse to which it was attached was a striking shade of blue very similar to some of the Got aliens seen in Captain MarvelWith the temple besieged, Aisha and others knew they didn’t have time to thoroughly check if both of the bracelets were hidden there, and when the building came down, the explorers are all separated and unsure of what has become of the golden treasure.

While Mrs. Marvel shows you all this in a flashback. Kamala hears it straight from Najma in the present moments after the pair manage to evade capture by the Department of Damage Control. Until now, Kamala had no reason to suspect that Najma was more than the mother of her beloved Kamran (Rish Shah), but because of all the strange things that happen to her personally, it doesn’t really shock Kamala to learn that Najma isn’t exactly human. Instead, Kamran, Najma and all of Aisha’s other traveling friends identify themselves as: clandestine – a subset of long-lived, jinn-like creatures who have been evicted from their homes in another dimension.

In the Marvel comics, the clandestine humans are a family of humans whose various magical powers all stem from one of their English ancestors who was granted a wish for immortality by a green-skinned jinn, whom he eventually married. In Mrs. MarvelNajma speaks of the clandestine as a family, implying that while Aisha may not have been one of them, they considered her an ally dedicated to helping them return to their home using the power of the bracelets.

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Najma and Kamala experience the same vision.
Image: Marvel

Again, the bulk of “Destined” focuses on Aamir’s wedding and Kamala working to keep her secret life as a vigilante in the making from her biological family. But the emphasis this episode places on Kamala’s bracelet and the idea that people use them to open portals to other dimensions makes it feel like Mrs. Marvelintroduces the MCU version of either the Quantum Bands or the Nega-Bands, powerful objects that are an important part of Kree history in the Marvel comic book universe.

Before Kamala Khan became the latest Mrs. Marvel, the title initially belonged to Carol Danvers to she gave up on becoming the latest Captain Marvel, a code name first adopted by Kree soldier Mar-Vell after hearing people mispronounce his name. While Mar-Vell’s Kree heritage gives him some advantages over humans by default, he doesn’t gain the Captain Marvel powers he’s best known for until writer Archie Goodwin and artist Don Heck’s Captain Marvel #16 from 1969. After Mar-Vell proves to be a truly fearsome warrior and nearly sacrifices his life, the highest intelligence of the Kree rewards him by boosting his powers and giving him a new red and black costume, accentuated by a pair of gold bracelets, known as the Nega-Bands.

The Nega-Bands not only made it possible for Mar-Vell to manipulate various forms of energy, but also created a problem for the hero, as their connection to the Negative Zone (of Fantastic Four fame) led Mar-Vell to himself was transported and imprisoned there. It wasn’t until Rick Jones, an old human friend of the Avengers, came over and donned a new set of Nega-Bands that Mar-Vell was temporarily freed from the Negative Zone. For a while, Mar-Vell and Jones settled into a strange double life in which they periodically used their Nega-Bands to switch places on Earth and in the Negative Zone for a few hours at a time, making it possible for both of them to operate as superheroes. .

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Wendell uses the Quantum Bands to create structures in the form of fists.
Image: Marvel Comics

Despite a gender-swapped version of Mar-Vell existed in the MCU and appeared in Captain Marvel, neither they nor the Nega-Bands are specifically mentioned in “Destined”. But the way the bracelet seems to transport those who touch it to another place—a place not on Earth—reads very much like a nod to the Nega-Bands’ teleportation abilities and the psychic connection they forged between Mar-Vell and jones. Interestingly enough, the Nega-Bands aren’t the only major piece of Captain Marvel-related jewelry from the comics that Mrs. Marvel possibly reworking for his first live-action appearance.

In Captain Marvel #29 by Jim Starlin, Mar-Vell’s heroism and already significant power levels are part of what drives Eon – an anthropomorphic embodiment of time – to choose him as the last in a long line of designated Guardians of the Universe. Being a protector of the universe has since become synonymous with owning Eon’s Quantum Bands, the pair of energy-channeling bracelets after which the more modern design of Kree’s Nega-Bands is modeled. But because comic book lore tends to change and be written out of order by various creative teams, the Quantum Bands are much more closely associated with the many cosmic heroes who have passed through Quasar over the years, such as former SHIELD agent Wendell Vaughn.

As much as it seemed Mrs. Marvel had to invent an entirely new way for his hero to hold his own in battle, in Mark Gruenwald, Paul Ryan and Paul Benton’s quasar #1, an untrained Vaughn more or less uses the Quantum Bands to create fist-shaped constructs like Kamala has done. Mrs. Marvelhas made it clear that whatever Kamala’s powers are, she generates all that energy on her own, meaning that her bracelet is not directly analogous to the Nega-Bands or the Quantum Bands. But considering how solid a job Mrs. MarvelIt’s been done so far by cleverly working in bits and pieces of all the different stories that laid the foundation for Kamala to become a hero, it wouldn’t be surprising if her bracelet plays a key role in what comes next in the MCU.

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